KIT: Testors / Italeria Porsche 944S
This was modeled after my 4th Porsche and the car I've owned longer than any other...8 years of year-round use in the heart of New England. Don't let anyone tell you Porsches belong in the garage during the winter. Just 4 snow tires and it's as happy in the snow as in the middle of a Summer afternoon!
This one looks like it's built straight out of the box, but required many hours of modifications to match it to the real one. The kit was of the Turbo model...very similar, but different enough to cause some healthy modifications. The body required modifications to the front valence such as reshaping the openings, relocating the fog light openings, filling bumper openings and reshaping the rubber bumper pads. The rear required similar bumper modifications and the poor quality of the kit body necessitated reforming the lower portions of the rear fenders to roll under the car properly. The missing sunroof was scribed into the body and a thread was inserted to simulate the felt seals. Small details were scratch built, such as rear wiper motor box, rear 3rd brake light, hatch key lock and photo-reduced license plates from the real car.
The car being modeled was normally aspirated, while the model had the turbo engine. Between the two engines, the intake system is completely different in shape and location. As a result, only the block from the kit was used along with the water reservoir and windshield washer containers. The remaining engine parts were scratch built.
The intake manifold was fabricated from lengths of solder, plastic sheet and super glue. Plastic rod with flanges of plastic sheet was used for the throttle section. The throttle control bracket was built using .010" sheet; a wire post, hand wound return spring and Detail Master ignition wire for the control cable. The ribbed rubber intake hose is a modified parts box hose. The air control box was built up from various pieces of shaped sprue and plastic. An old ice scraper donated its handle for the large air filter box. This solid chunk was shaped and the intake pipe from the kit air box was grafted on, along with a flange on the box made from .010" sheet. The distributor was scratch-built from various pieces of plastic and wired with Detail Master wire. The wire looms were made from .010" plastic. The fuel log is from a piece of square plastic with plastic rod fuel injectors. Plastic rod fuel filters and various sizes of wire finish off the fuel system. The brake reservoir from the kit was heavily modified and a master cylinder shaped from plastic sprue was added. The brake lines are bare copper wire. The cruise control unit was built from plastic rod, sheet and scrap with various wire sizes. A double fan shroud from the Hasegawa 968 was installed in front of the kit radiator. The water pump was made from sprue and the water hose from black insulated wire. All hose clamps are Bare Metal Foil painted with clear flat paint. The oil filler tube and dipstick were shaped from rod and wire. The plastic handle of the dipstick was made by bending a small loop at the end of the wire dipstick, slipping on a small disk of .010" sheet and gobbing on thick enamel to give the molded shape. The oil filler cap is a piece of rod slightly larger than the filler tube, dished out with a drill bit with a finger grip of .010" plastic.
Yeah I'm not happy with the first time panel fill lines wash, but it's done.
Thanks for looking
Edited by Foxer, 11 March 2009 - 04:37 PM.